Literature: "Loser" by Jerry Spinelli
These websites are about the book “Loser” and author Jerry Spinelli. Go to his official website to learn more about him. There are also worksheets, games, quizzes, discussion questions, and lesson plans for the book. Includes links to eThemes resources on Jerry Spinelli, the literature theme of bullying and the Mark Twain literature awards for 2004-2005, for which this book was a nominee.
Jerry Spinelli Intro Page
Read all about Jerry Spinelli and his books on his website.
Author Interview with Jerry Spinelli
Read an interview transcript that Jerry talked about his book "Loser". Includes a link to a reading guide for "Loser" and "Wringer".
Meet the Author: Jerry Spinelli
Jerry Spinelli talks about his life leading up to how he became a successful writer.
"Loser" Reading Guide
This site provides a reading guide for discussion of "Loser", an audio excerpt, and brief author information.
Spaghetti Book Club's Reviews of "Loser"
Share the two illustrated book reviews with your students. Learn how this book made other students feel after reading it.
"Loser" Lesson Plan
This lesson plan directs students to examine the point of view of the narrative voice in "Loser and understand how it affects how the reader interprets the plot and characters. Note: This site contains advertising.
Kidsreads: "Loser" by Jerry Spinelli
Here is a student review for the award-nominated book. Click on "Jerry Spinelli" to read about the author. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Scholastic: Loser by Jerry Spinelli
This page has a book synopsis and activity ideas that go along with the book. Check out "free teaching resources" section for lesson plans, discussion guides, and more. NOTE: This site contains ads.
eThemes Resource: Literature Themes: Bullying
These sites are about bullies and includes tips on how to deal with them. There are lists of recommended children's books that have a bullying theme, a printable pledge against bullying, and an animated movie. Includes eThemes Resources on several books with this theme.
eThemes Resource: Literature Awards: Mark Twain Award Nominees 2004-2005
Here is information about the Mark Twain Award nominees for 2004-2005. Includes author biographies, book reviews, lesson plans, activities, and book excerpts. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on Peg Kehret.
eThemes Resource: Author Study: Jerry Spinelli
Learn about the author Jerry Spinelli and the books he has written. Includes his biography, interview transcripts, games, and activities. There are links to eThemes Resources on his books "Crash", "Fourth Grade Rats", "Loser", "Maniac Magee", and "Stargirl".